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REVIEW: Borealis – World of Silence MMXVII

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 22, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

In 2008, a Canadian prog-powermetal band called Borealis self-released their debut album “World of Silence”. Nine years later, on a real label, they have decided to re-release the album that started it all. But, to make it even better, they also re-recorded it, to show off the growth of them as a band, as well as individuals.

So, to make a quick summary of the album as an album, I think it’s a decent album. On the one hand, it is very well written and arranged – it has good melody build-ups, I love all the accessories and string parties that they have applied on the appropriate parts to lift a song or a section to the top. The solos are very technical, showing a lot of skill, but at times they don’t blend too well with the songs, leaving it a bit un-personal for my taste. But, for a debut album it is really good. While I found “Purgatory” to be more bland, this is a stronger album, for sure.

So, how does the re-recorded sound? Well, the material is obviously the same, but it’s elevated! It’s more technical, it’s an overall better production, but what caught my eye the most was the improved vocals. It was better sung, better planned – over all a better performance than previously. And of course, the production over all is much better – which is to be expected from a growing band.

The song that caught my heart the most was “Eyes of a Dream”. It’s been lifted to new heights, and I’m enjoying it more than ever.

With all of this being said, it’s a good release and something you should get your hands on if you are into this kind of music. And mostly, I’m looking forward to their new album, to see what they can do.

(Label: AFM Records)

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// Sara

REVIEW: Borealis – Purgatory

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 5, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

Canadian metallers Borealis are returning to the scene with their 3rd album, following the smaller success of their two previous albums, “World of Silence” which was released in 2008, and “Fall From Grace” which came in 2011. “Purgatory” was recorded in the Sanctuary studios, and the recordings and mixing was done by drummer Sean Dowel, and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson.

The album opens up with someone running, assumingly in the hosptial judging on the heart monitor in the background and eventually, when the heart stops beating, it launches us right into the heavy truck that is Borealis, and that track is “Past the Veil”.

And this song kind of sets the mood for the whole album. It’s heavy tunes with fast-beating drums, yet sensitive lyrics that hits hard at home. Despite them taking a step a bit further from their previous albums, it’s still the same Borealis that we already knew of.

However, what it lacks, to me, is variation. We got to ballads on the album, aside that, most of the songs sound very alike, and so do the ballads. Some songs had it’s moments – like the keyboard part in “The Chose Ones” and the trippy guitars in “Destiny” which also held some epicness…. but aside this. It was almost like it was one long song, which necessarily has to be something bad but…

There were a few songs who stood out for me – “Past The Veil”, “My Peace”, mostly because of the child reading the note in the middle of the song, and my personal favorite on the album, “From The Ashes”. I have no idea who the woman singing is, but I absolutely loved the way the song was built up, as a duet which added so much to the lyrics and the song, ultimately making it my favorite song. I have a weak spot for arrangements, and this was perfect.

So, wrapping it all up, a few decent song, but it’s a bit plain for me. But on the other hand, you have to put one foot in front of the other, and see a lot of potential here.

(Label: AFM Records)

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// Sara